The former business manager for Valley Academy for Career and Technical Education has been indicted on charges connected to the theft of $30,500 in school funds, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced.
Celestia Ziemkowski was indicted on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, violation of duties of a custodian of public monies, fraudulent schemes and practices, theft, forgery, and computer tampering, according to Brnovich.
The charges come after an investigation by the Office of the Auditor General.
for allegedly using her position to steal approximately $30,500 of VACTE funds.
According to a news release from the attorney general, "between June 9, 2015, and February 11, 2016, Ziemkowski made $10,746 in fraudulent charges on the VACTE charge card and presented forged statements to conceal the charges."
Ziemkowski also issued five unauthorized checks totaling $19,851 for personal purposes between July 2015 and December 2015, according to the indictment.
Ziemkowski "presented the VACTE Board with fraudulent vouchers to secure the approval of the checks and modified the accounting software to conceal the true payees," the news release said.
Ziemkowski resigned in May 2016 after another employee questioned her about the credit card purchases.
VACTE is a tuition-free public career and technical high school district in Yavapai County that provides fire service, nursing assistant, welding and other training to high school and home schooled students.